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Why You Should Clean Your Walls and How To Do It

By March 21, 2019August 22nd, 2019No Comments

It’s hard enough to find the time and energy to clean the priority areas of your home, much less even to consider cleaning your walls.

I get it, if you get around to keeping the bathrooms clean and floors vacuumed you call it success.

Me too.

But I have found both in my personal space and in our experience with our professional cleaning that cleaning the walls periodically is a preventative maintenance task that you don’t want to put off forever.

Plus, even if you have a pristinely clean bathroom…if your walls are filthy, your house is going to feel filthy.

The good news is that this is a chore that only needs to be done about every 3 months per wall.

Aside from the marks from dirty little hands and/or pets rubbing up against the walls, if you schedule and rotate 1 room a month to maintain your walls, it will never become an overwhelming task that never gets done.

Why should you clean your walls?

  •  Dust and grime build-up compounds over time and there is a point of no return (especially in the kitchen and bathrooms).
  •  If you keep them cleaned on a regular basis, you will have saved time and money for re-painting more often than will otherwise be necessary.
  •  Bathroom walls get a yellowing almost slimy filth from the moisture, dead skin, and grooming products and over time, you will start to see yellow dribbles streaking your bathroom walls. Guys… this is just plain gross and once it gets to that point it really is going to be a lot of work to get back to normal.
  •  Kitchens will get greasy buildup on the walls and ceilings over time from all the cooking and even though you won’t see it at first, it is there! Cleaning this regularly will save you a lot of time and will protect your walls (and cabinets) from prematurely having to need new paint or refinishing.

Make it easy on yourself.

Follow these steps and don’t let it get out of hand!

1. Clean the bathroom and kitchen walls at least quarterly, if you do- it will take you 10-20 minutes instead of hours.

  • Kitchen: fill the sink with water as hot as you can handle- add a little dish soap and peroxide or vinegar. Rinsing often, use a microfiber rag and wipe down all the walls, cabinets and if you are feeling ambitious- ceiling too!
  • Bathroom: fill a bucket with water as hot as you can handle and as above, add a little dish-soap and peroxide or vinegar or a few drops of bleach. Wipe down all the walls from the ceiling down rinsing often. Doing the ceiling every other time would be ideal.

2. Cleaning the walls in the other rooms of the house is a breeze! Do this 1x per month or every other month.

  • Rooms of the house: choose one room a week and walk from one corner to the other dusting with a lamb’s wool duster. This takes about 3 minutes depending on the size of the room and the added benefit is you knock down cobwebs too!
  •  Return to where you started and with a damp microfiber rag (use the same mixture in a bucket as with the bathroom if the walls are particularly dirty so that you can rinse often) and wipe the base boards, door frames and any stains or marks on the walls (catch the electrical plates while you are at it). If you do this monthly, it likely won’t take you much more than 5-10 minutes.
  • Stains that are hard to clean off- use a magic eraser- they really are magic!

Don’t bite off more than you can chew! 

The secret to successfully keeping your walls clean is to never let it become so much work that it is overwhelming or stressful.

Do just ONE room a week and it won’t ever feel like “too much” and you will be thrilled to find that with almost no effort at all, your house is always clean!

We find that it is imperative that we do this for our ongoing housekeeping clients so that over time, the house gets total coverage!

If your home is in need of this kind of cleaning, or just any kind of housekeeping service, give us a call! We would love to help!

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